The Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science is awarded biennially to a researcher from any academic discipline who 1) has made significant contributions to the contemplative sciences, and 2) exemplifies the qualities and character that Cathy brought to her work, including bold innovation, imagination, courage, authenticity and heartfulness.

The 2020 recipient is Peter Wayne, who will deliver a distinguished presentation on December 16 as part of the Inspiring Minds event “Finding Connections: Pathways to Embodied Wisdom.”  Congratulations Peter!

Peter Wayne, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Convening Faculty

Past Recipients


Norm Farb, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018
Distinguished Lecture – “How to Choose Between Beautiful Stories”

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Patricia (Tish) Jennings, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Virginia

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018
Distinguished Lecture – “Education for Peace: Transforming our Schools with Mindfulness and Compassion”

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